Music venues raising funds

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Happier times . . . A crowd enjoys a jazz jam at a pre-Covid event at Bark!, the new venue space at Dog With Two Tails. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Dunedin music venues are stepping up for their time in the limelight with the nationwide #saveourvenues fundraising campaign.

Dog With Two Tails, The Crown, and The Inch Bar, and The Cook, are among dozens of original music venues around the country raising funds to support their ongoing survival.

An eclectic cafe and bar in Moray Pl, Dog With Two Tails hosted small live music events for several years, before owners Michael Wilson and Julien Delavoie took over the adjacent space and created Bark!

The venue became a community hub for artists and musicians, and hosted gigs, jazz jams, open mic and quiz nights, poetry, pecha kucha and dance.

Now, with financial losses caused by the Covid-19 lockdown, the future of the venue is uncertain.

Through the #saveourvenues #welovedogwithtwotails boosted campaign, Dog With Two Tails is aiming to raise $15,000. This campaign ends at noon tomorrow (June 5).

Fellow Dunedin venues The Crown and Inch Bar have also joined the #saveourvenues campaign.

The Crown has been hosting bands for the past 30 years, while Inch Bar has hosted emerging artists, live music, poetry and comedy.

People can use the hashtags #welovethecrownandinchbar and #saveourvenues to donate. The campaign closes in 15 days. Larger-scale music venue The Cook, which hosts local and touring bands, has launched a Givealittle fundraising page to help cover running costs.